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flash of light on fil approach.. they won't confi that. >>> the ntsb says the pilot says he was temporarily blinded by a bright flash of light on final approach. they won't confirm that. they also detailed the cockpit crew's schedule and says they were well rested. but they initially held off on evacuating the plane. >> the crew told the flight attendants not to initiate an evacuation. they were communicating with the tower about the emergency. the cabin manager made an announcement over the p.a. for people to stay in their seats. >> that order delayed the evacuation for 90 seconds until another flight attendant saw flames outside the plane. only then were passengers ordered out. >>> when the shoots did deploy, two actually opened inside the cabin, trapping two of the attendants. why that happened is part of the investigation. kpix 5's sharon chin tells us how american flight crews are trained to jump into action. >> this flight attendant says he would have started evacuating the plane without the pilot's permission. >> reporter: it is standard procedure for flight attendant
including the engine and the tail. this is the first time we have seen them. doing clean up and the ntsb is hoping it will be able to give the runway back totoday but said it would be a significant salvage operation. this was the focus overnight, yesterday there was a lot of attention placed on the evacuation after the crash. the first time the flight attendants asked, should we evacuate, the answer was "no." the second time they asked, the pilot said yes when they saw fire. they did not evacuate for a minute and a half after the crash. >> pilots do not have a good sense of what is going on behind them. they need to get that information from the flight attendants. we will certainly be locking into the issue. >> the ntsb says they hope to return the runway to sfo today. i asked the sfo spokesman how long after that happens will it take to get the runway open? he said it depends on the damage done to the runway. they have not gotten a good look at it pause the plane is sitting there. then they can assess how badly damaged the runway is and start the repairs. until that happens, the runway
told ntsb officials that the plane's auto throttles were not working as the crew expected. the system automatically provides thrust to the plane when its speed falls below a preset level. this helps the pilot to focus on the controls. ntsb chair deborah hersman shows data on the flight recorder show multiple auto throttle and pilot modes in the 2 1/2 minutes before the crash. >> we need to understand what those modes were, if they were commanded by the pilots, if they were activated inadvertently, if the pilots understood what the mode was doing. >> a spokesperson for south korea's transport ministry says investigators will move the wreckage from the runway to another location at the airport. he says the team will conduct a detailed examination along with experts from the manufacturer boeing. >>> a twin bomb attack in afghanistan has killed security officers and civilians. no group has claimed responsibility. the attack happened in helmand province. a.p. reports three civilians died when their car struck a roadside bomb. a second explosion went off as police arrived on the scene. two
was released by the ntsb last night to sfo authorities. all the debris now must be cleared and the pavement repaired before it reopens. as for the burnt-out fuselage of asiana flight 214, that will remain for at least the next few days before being taken apart and stored here in the bay area. >> we're still working in the infield in the grassy area on the airplane, documenting the internal cabin area. we have over 300 seats to document. we're about halfway through. >> reporter: we are learning more about what happened inside the cockpit minutes before the crash. 46-year-old pilot lee kuk told investigators he saw a flash of bright light just moments before his approach at sfo. >> we asked him questions about it. was it a laser? he said no. we asked him about whether it could have been a reflection. they asked him if he could still see. he told our investigators that, yes, he could still see. he looked back in the cockpit. he could see the instruments. >> reporter: tapes of the dramatic 911 calls were also released. passengers on the tarmac frantically calling for help. >> okay, where at the
at that time. >> the ntsb is not the only agency investigating the crash. the faa has also been assigned to various airlines to do unannounced aircraft checks. three said they have made contact with with the airlines 134 times in the last 18 months and according to one of them, they were no red flags in the last three years he was monitoring the airline. >> it was reported that they had been a quiet operator with no significant issues. >> investigators interviewed five emergency response members yesterday with another 15 interviews to go. one firefighter told them the front and middle of the plane looked pristine and untouched before the fire. >> he said it looked like you could fluff the pillows, turn the airplane around and you could go out for the next flight. that there was very minimal damage. >> and ntsb investigators have been investigating the cabin with more than 300 seats and are expected to wrap that up by tonight. at which time a recovery effort begins. that means taking apart the wings. some parts will be sent to d.c. the others will remain at sfo. and that is where at 8:00
for us. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. the ntsb has just said it has plans to start cutting up the fuselage of this plane and removing it tonight. it hopes that by the morning the biggest pieces are out of here and headed to a warehouse. the preliminary data suggests that the autopilot, auto throttle, and flight director systems were all working properly at the time of the crash. the 911 calls you mentioned? chilling as passengers plead for medics and ambulances. >> our airplane just crashed. >> there are a bunch of people who still need help. we're more out on the field where planes are landing. >> reporter: the first calls to 911 from panicked passengers who just escaped their burning plane. >> we have people over here who weren't found and they are burned really badly. there is a woman out here on the street, on the runway, who is pretty much burned very severely on the head and we don't know what to do. she is severely burned, and she will probably die soon if we don't get help. >> reporter: as firefighters fought the fire, commanders kept ambulances back at first, conce
's again the property of asiana after all physical evidence was collected by the ntsb. >> this is a big step for us to be able to move forward with the process of re-opening the runway. >> reporter: now airport officials will evaluate what was under the wreckage, the grassy areas between the runway and the taxiway. >> we expect that there will be spilled jet fuel, hydraulic fluid, other materials, and we're in the process of assessing that. we have environmental teams out there to help us clean that up. >> reporter: then crews will have to repave, fix lights and repaint markings. the faa will do a test landing before the runway reopens which is scheduled for sunday. >> we're seeing delays and cancellations every day as a result of having this runway closed so it's a shared goal for all of us to get it reopened as quickly as possible. >> reporter: now, a team from the ntsb brought out victims and family members of passengers on wednesday night to see this up close when it was still on the runway before they moved it. obviously, an emotional scene. near sfo, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> thank
in here, and i can't say -- >> there are still 13 injured passengers in local bay area hospitals. the ntsb says the investigation is far from over. the plane actually that you saw will be cut up, parts sent to washington, dc and parts stay here for further study. the ntsb says it will hopefully hold an investigative hearing into the crash within the next 12 to 18 months. we're live, abc7 news. >> ama: 41 survivors of the asian airlines crash are back home in china today. the studented and teachers are from a middle school who traveled to san francisco to attend a summer camp. three people who died were part of this group. the survivors will spend a night in beijing before heading home tomorrow. you can follow us on twitter, at abc7 bay area. and the new chance abc7 smartphone app lets you watch our newscast on the go and see live breaking news as it happens. iy. >> san francisco police are investigating the deadly shooting and stabbing at the jewelry mart. officers were called in yesterday on a call of shots fired two people died. one injured, before the gunmen surrenders. today the jewelr
resurfaced. the wreckage was pulled from the water last week and the ntsb is still investigating trying to determine the cause of the crash. geoghan was piloting the plane. his funeral will be held on friday at the evangelical presbyterian church in annapolis and a second one in ocean pines on saturday. >>> a volatile situation is making it impossible to search in this weekend's deadly train disaster in quebec. the company that runs this believes a le comotive shutdown might have released the train's air brakes that were supposed to hold the train in place. the remaining tanker hasn't been stabilized. >> get out of there. >> at least five people died and more than three dozen are still missing. the explosion and fire destroyed some 30 buildings. now crews are trying to contain 20,000 gallons of crude oil and some of it has reached the nearby town and there are fears this could flow right into the st. louis river alt the way to quebec city and we -- all the way to quebec city and we brought you the details as soon as we got word. you can get the latest breaking news anytime by following
a flight attendant. and tonight the ntsb released new vidvideo, one of the closes views we have seen of the wreckage. investigators revealed information based on interviews with three of the four pilots aboard the flight. we now know two other flight attendants survived despite something being flown from the plane when the tail clipped the sea wall and broke off. the landing gear hit the sea wall first before the tail did and the instructing pilot said he thought the plane's auto t t throttle was set to maintain the spied for a safe landing, but it wasn't. here's a cockpit view of what the pilots might have seen before the crash. this is from a 747 that made a same approach on that runway. as for whether saturday's crash was due to mechanical error or pilot error shs the ntsb say there is won't be any answers before the crash scene is cleared. >> we will not determine probable cause while we are here on scene. that will come after we have collected all of the information and analyzed it. i would really encourage all of you to be very cautious about speculating on the cause of the cr
the plane's auto throttle. that's the word from the head of the ntsb. the aircraft came in too low and too slowly clipping landing gear and breaking off its tail. two passengers were killed. >> police are saying that deadly train derailment in canada may have been a the work of a criminal. a inspector said there is evidence of tampering. 15 people are dead and 50 more are still missing from saturday's disaster. >> and only on 7 this morning, plenty of metro riders hoping for a smoother commute this morning after a train went down the wrong tracks for the second time in just a week. now, both incidents involved orange line trains from the rosslyn station that mistakenly wound up at the arlington national cemetery station at the blue line. jay korff was the first on the scene and had an exclusive interview with one woman on that train. >> anxiety and frustration on the platform at the rosslyn metro station tuesday during the evening rush when the orange line train went down the wrong tracks. >> people were annoyed and frustrated and i heard people grumbling saying this isn't the first time t
recovered and the ntsb tweeted out this and investigators hope what is the critical clue just before the plane hit. here's what we know about the victims. two 16-year-old girls were killed in that crash. they're chinese nationals. asiana airlines identifies them as ye mengyuan and wang linjia. officials say their bodies were found on the runway. all the other people survived but some in critical condition. some flights destined for san francisco could be delayed up to nine hours. dan simon joins us live from the airport. give this is latest. >> reporter: hi, fred. what we can tell you at this hour is investigators are aggressively searching for clues what happened here. as you said, those flight data recorders have been recovered and shipped to washington d.c. and data will be extracted and hopefully that will lead some clues. at this point, nothing has been ruled out including pilot error. the airlines ceo says apparently there was no problem with the engine or no mechanical problems with that airplane. we should also point out survivors and witnesses say it appeared the 7-year-old
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runway 28l. they are used to collect, oil, fuels and other hazardous materials. >> the ntsb is on to one possibility. the crew told investigators they set the throttle to 137 knots. >> they have a monitoring function. what needs to be monitors on an approach to landing is speed. >> reporter: the one who was training was in the left-hand seat. >> this was the first time that he and the flying pilot that he was instructing had flown together. >> reporter: the instructor said the plane was too high at 4000 feet. >> at 500 feet he realized they were low. he saw one red and three white -- treated and released. so many stories of heroic reactions after the crash..t a flight attendant aboard ft 214 says -- it almost didn't happen. "first, after the plane sto completely, i went into the cockpit to see whether the captain was alive or not. i knocked the cockpit door. t captain opened it, and i as 'are you okay captain? ande said, 'yes, i m okay.' i as, 'should i perform evacuatio and he told me to wait, so i closed the door and made an announcement because the passengers were upset and ts were c
. >> reporter: the ntsb says the pilots engaged in auto throttle device to maintain air speed. but for some reason the air speed slowed causing the plane to nearly stall. the ntsb wants to know why the three pilots in the cockpit didn't react sooner to the drop in air speed. >> one of the very critical things that needs to be monitored on an approach to landing is speed. and so we need to understand what was going on in the cockpit. >> reporter: the ntsb says none of the pilots was tested for drugs or alcohol after the crash. us pilots are required to submit to such testing after an accident. so far it appears pilots of foreign airlines are not. live in millbrae, ken wayne. >>> when disaster strikes the primary role of flight attendants becomes gear. they are not just waiters and waitresses but critical situation officers. we go to david stevenson for this story. >> reporter: tonight we have new photos showing the lenghts flight attendants went to safe flight their passengers. carrying some on their backs. >> fortunately these accidents don't happen very often. >> reporter: the cabin's prim
. again this fuselage will be used for different purposes. part of it will be kept by the ntsb for their continuing investigation. a lot of it needs to be cleared off so they can get the runway repairs done. now they started last night talking about this move. i want to give you a closer look at the the wreckage. because the ntsb released a lot of pictures. they have been getting a lot of pictures over the last several days. when you talk about this crash and talk about how much damage it did to that bulk of that huge triple 7 then you get an idea of how much work is in front of them. however, the airport says their priority is to get runway 2-8 open. and when it's down it effects flights. about 100 a day in terms of cancellations and delays every day. so the timeline right now is to get that runway back open on sunday. this morning the priority was to get the wreckage off the runway. that has happened with the bulk of that wreckage now being gone. we are trying to get a closer look at it for you. live near sfo claudine wong ktvu channel 2 news. >> you can go to our website as
taking off and landing behind me of asiana flight 214 that's still sitting there on the tarmac as ntsb investigators are looking at the wreckage trying to figure out what went wrong. >> you can see the plane was on its belly. so we just, we just rushed, went right straight to it. >> help came fast to survivors of this deadly crash landing saturday. first responders overwhelmed by number of people able to help themselves before they cleared the plane. >> i was satisfied. i was -- i was happy. i felt like there was -- there was nobody left on that plane. >> reporter: there were two fatif fatalities. >> one of the two might have been contacted by our apparatus. >> we need to work, conduct interviews and let the coroner do their work. >> reporter: the coroner has not determined the cause of death for that victim. investigators are sift through what remains of the boeing 777. the current focus of investigators is on the low air speed. >> about three seconds prior to impact the flight data recorder recorded its lowest speepd of 103 knots. >> reporter: also under scrutiny the pilot's experien
properly as has been reported and that's while wii the ntsb will conduct their investigation and we'll learn what was going on in the cockpit and on the ground. >> are you getting any sort of insight on the -- what was going on with the plane, with the pilot and. >> we're not a. we know the go-team from the ntsb aren in oground right now, doing their investigation. why they look at is the black box and be able to determine the important question, which is was the plane on auto pilot or was the pilot using manual controls. and that will tell us what happened in that final 3,000 feet as is approached 28l, that runway there that 11,000-foot runway. >> well, congressman, as a member of the government, you can speak to what the government does so well when it comes to the dispib the national transportation safety board and how they spring into action at times like this is quite something. >> they're at the ready, and they're ready to go as soon as any aviation crash takes place, anywhere in the united states, and they'll be on the ground within 24 hours. this team is already there and th
thinking that they knew better than the safety protocols but that is what the ntsb will do, they will interview people and look at everything and a year from now we will have a good idea as to what actually happened to make sure that it never happens again. there was a similar accident about five-and-a-half years ago but we know exactly what what happened there, crystals of ice in the fuel blocked the pilot to not get him to respond and you can't blame that on the pilot. >> good information, thank you, tom. we want to put out a picture that was tweet bid a passenger named ben levy that was on the plane during the crash and tweeted out this picture saying he was waiting for his ct scan and diagnosis at sf general and thoughts and prayers are with fellow passengers and family. obviously this picture was taken, remarkable, taken moments after this happened. we were thinking what they were thinking and what they had gone through and looking at the plane with all of that smoke and wondering if everyone got out safely. i can't began to imagine. >> the shock and adrenaline after b
with linda yee at sfo. linda? >> reporter: yeah, ntsb and the fbi are going to be investigating this. we don't know yet exactly what happened when asiana flight 214 touched down. but we do know that they are sending out investigators to found out exactly how that plane broke in half and burst into flames. 307 people were on the plane. 16 of them were crew members and as of this hour, one person is still unaccounted for. a total of 181 people were sent to the area hospitals. 49 of them with serious injuries. and police just told us and only 123 people were uninjured so that's a miracle there that 123 people were okay. that's when fire crews arrived on the scene they said most of the passengers were able to escape the burning wreckage on their own. >> there is currently and continues to be no indication that terrorism or any criminal act contributed to the incident. >> our aircraft rescue fire fighting equipment went to work right away. applied foam and water to the fuselage. when we had arrived on scene the chutes had been deployed already and we observed multiple numbers of people coming dow
the crash. . >>> another look at the wreckage at sfo. the ntsb and fbi will be working together to figure out what caused the crash. and tomorrow, san francisco chronicle will have an in-decht look at the asiana crash. here's a look at the front page of the sunday paper. the headline, a tragic day. >> reuters tonight is identifying one of the four pilots as lee jung min. he's a vet van pilot who spent his entire career with asiana. the four pilots on the plane rotate two-person shifts during that ten and a half hour flight. of course, the cause of the crash still not known, but early reports indicate the labding gear hit a rock wall off the enl of the runway causing the plane to careen out of control. flights are arriving and departing at sfo again tonight but joe vasquez shows us still total chaos inside. joe. >> allen, it is still a mess here at sfo. 12 hours after the crash and right now, a lot of people still in line trying to figure out where they're going to go, how they're going to catch their next flight after all those cancellations. the auer port is officially saying that they h
was thinking i'm dying. >> glor: we have john blackstone, anna werner and former ntsb chair. the runnaway train. a town nearly wiped out by 73 cars careening out of control in canadian. don d arc hler says at least 40 are missing. >> oh, say can you see. >> glor: more than a game, 4,000 from newtown, connecticut, come together for an emotional afternoon in new york. and getting the message. police work up surprising new ways to prevent people from texting wile driving. >> they don't see it coming if they're not paying attention. they'll drive right past you while they're texting. captioning sponsored by cbs ews" this is the "cbs evening news". >> glor: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor, it was the first commercial airline crash in the u.s. in four and a half years. and tonight dramatic new home video is emerging of the moment the plane came down. you can see the video shows the back of the plane hitting the seawall, then bouncing up and producing a cloud of dust and smoke after that. the boeing 777 was charred and broken off the runway at san francisco's airport on saturday. two people were
safety board. icia until those interviews are ittllete, n.t.s.b. officials are saying little about the pilot's ayle in this crash. fromstigators revealed today plane'ound debris from the waane's tail section in the t ocr beyond the edge of the runway, evidence impact occurred woma before the runway began. n.t.s.b. chairman woman deborah tionman. is in lower portion of the tail cone is in the rocks at the sea wall. there is also debris from the sea wall located several hundred feet up the runway. >> reporter: the initial examination of the boeing 777's voice and data recorders report everything was normal when the crew disengaged the autopilot on the 17-mile approach to san francisco. the weather perfect, the conversation with the tower routine. from his home on a hillside over looking the airport, this man thought he spotted something e airp >> what caught my attention was ughtas a little wobbly coming in ittle e landing. it didn't look like the way planes do when they're landing. >> reporter: a normal descent to runway 28 requires an angle that keeps jets well above san francisco
into this deadly crash landing. and the ntsb will be interviewing the pilots again later today. >> that's scary. >> reporter: video captured after the crash landing shows smoke billowing from asiana flight 214, as wounded passengers ran for their lives, first responders rushed into the burning plane. >> we had elderly. we had somebody that was partially trapped. as it turns out, there was a small person stuck between the seats. >> reporter: lead flight attendant, yoon hye lee, is also being hailed a hero. one of the people last to make it out alive, witnesses says she helped passengers twice her size. and even carried this child while suffering from a broken tailbone. >> translator: the child was afraid to go down the slide. i tried to encourage the child, put him on my back and slid down. >> she was so tiny and skinny. i couldn't believe how powerful, how strong she was. >> reporter: ntsb investigators have completed the first round of pilot interviews. >> looking for things that might affect human performance, like fatigue, like illnesses or medication. >> reporter: anything to explain why th
: scott, n.t.s.b. chairman deborah hersman has just completed briefing us interviews with these pilots. of the four pilots three of them were on the flight deck at the time of the landing. here's what she had to say about the supervising pilot on the flight deck. >> he reported that this was his first trip as an instructor pilot. this was the first time that he and the flying pilot that he was instructing had flown together. >> reporter: teams of n.t.s.b. investigators are examining the plane inside and out, locating and recording every piece of debris from landing gear ripped from the jet to the smallest piece of fuselage. the cockpit could hold clues to verify statements given by the pilots. the pilot in control of the plane was sitting in the left- hand seat. it was his first landing at san francisco in a boeing 777. he was being trained by the captain sitting in the right- hand seat. the senior pilot had more than 3,000 hours flying experience in a triple-7 but the airline says he was certified as a trainer just last month. the supervising pilot typically is responsible for taking
international. as the ntsb continues its investigation. and we are learning startling new information from inside that cockpit and inside the cabin. investigators have released new details of harrowing survival. >> two of the flight attendants in the rear of the aircraft were ejected from the aircraft on -- during the impact sequence. miraculously they survived. despite being thrown on to the runway when the asiana flight slammed into the seawall and lost its tail. after the plane came to a stop, then this. >> the first officer in the jump seat he did describe a chute deployed inside and trapped one of the flight attendants. >> reporter: that did not stop more than 300 people from escaping a wreck. the plane soon engulfed in smoke and fire. passengers turned into heroes. >> found the four people. we stayed with them. hung out with them. comforted them. just yelled, yelling for ambulances fire trucks anyone to come help. >> reporter: we are learning the pilot in training in control of the triple seven jet as it approached the runway was learning from another first timer. >> he reported that
are revealing a lot more about what went wrong. seconds before asiana flight 214 crashed, the ntsb says one of the pilots thought the au autothrottles were on. but then realized the plane was coming in too low. >> he recognized that the autothrottles were not maintaining speed. and he established a go around attitude. >> reporter: that's when the tail slammed seawall and the plane spun out of control, a full 360 degrees. >> two of the flight attendants in the rear of the aircraft were ejected from the aircraft during the impact sequence. >> reporter: both miraculously survived. but the violent crash whipped passengers back and forth, causing several serious spinal and internal injuries. survivors say they were lucky to escape. >> oh, my god. maybe we're going to die right now. it felt like maybe it would roll. >> reporter: swarmed by reporters, the ceo of asiana wouldn't answer questions about his crew or the investigation. the pilot training on this flight, lee gang guk, was experiencing his first landing on a boeing 777. the pilot training him, had 3,000 hours logged on the aircraft. >> t
right across the screen. you see dozens of utility trucks and lights. earlier today, ntsb said sfo will retake control of the shutdown runway. that appears to be the case right now. sfo says this is the number one priority to clear the wreckage from runway 28-l. >>> there's been other developments tonight. survivors of the crash made an emotional return to the tarmac at sfo, seeing what they lived through. and investigators revealed a detailed time line of what happened inside the cabin, as flight attendants jumped into action. we also heard of a pilot reporting being blinded by a light just 30 seconds before impact. >>> first, new tonight at 11:00, we've obtained the 911 calls, survivors spread across the tarmac, calling for help. >> some of the calls, calm and informational. others frantic, calling for help, for badly burned and injured passengers. >> hi, we're at the san francisco international airport. and we just got in a plane crash. and there's a lot of people that need help. is there any way an ambulance can be sent? >> are you with a lot of the ambulances that are there? >
impact. a salage operation will begin tonight. ntsb hopes to have it done within 24 hours. but lights will need repairs. there were three flight attendants not two as thought ejected from the plane. >> so there are questions in final moments of the flight. abc 7 news is live in south san francisco tonight with the latest from the ntsb. >> the ntsb chairman briefed us here at the conference room at the holiday inn and told us about the pilot history. the pilots were apparently well rested with eight hours sleep night before but there are
, in the portfing, we learned that that order from the flight deck delayed the evacuation by 90 seconds. n.t.s.b. chairman deborah hersman said it was one of the flight attendants who insisted passengers had to get off the aircraft. >> he could see fire outside of the window. he sent the flight attendant who was sitting with him up to the tont of the cabin to let them know that there was fire and hat they needed to evacuated. >> reporter: investigators who've examined the cockpit found a switch for the jet's tto-throttle system in the armed position. the auto-throttle helps lighten the workload by controlling po engine thrust for takeoffs and sandings. nie senior pilot said it was on and set for the proper 137 knot anding speed. but the flight crew can override w c time by pushing or pulling the throttle levers. >> there are two pilots in the cockpit for a reason. they're there to fly, to navigate, to communicate, and, if they're using automation, a big key is to monitor. >> reporter: what's puzzling t'sots we've spoken to is why the three experienced pilots on e thflight deck did not recognize
the ntsb he was temporarily blinded by a bright flash of light on the final approach. but the ntsb has not confirmed that just yet. investigators have looked over the cockpit crew schedule and say they were well rested and now we're learning why passengers were not immediately evacuated. the captain told them not to. >> the flight crew told the flight attendant not to initiate an evacuation. they were communicating with the tower about the emergency. the lead or the cabin manager made an announce minute over the p.a. for -- made an announcement over the p.a. for people to stay in their seats. >> that delayed evacuation by 90 seconds. passengers were only ordered out when another flight attendant saw flames. >>> kpix 5's sharon chin tells us there's debate going on about the evacuation procedures. >> reporter: it is standard procedure for flight attendants to ask the flight deck if it's okay to evacuate. cbs news aviation consultant sully sullenberger. >> some number of seconds would have been necessary for them to assess the situation and make sure it wasn't more dangerous for them imm
on that investigation. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you you jon. the ntsb released runway 28 l back to the airport. this morning, sfo tells us they are in the process of cleaning seawall and a broken piece of navigational equipment. they are still waiting for the nts about to release that grass area you are looking at now and the wreckage that could happen in the next day or so once it does happen, the airport believe these could have 28 out back open for traffic and another 48 to 72 hours. so possibly by sunday or monday. it's just a matter of removing that airplane, cleaning up any spilled jet fuel and having the faa conduct a test landing to make sure the runway is safe. >> people who were seated in the back had a very different experience with respect to the crash forces and the damage that was in their compartment. the front of the aircraft has been described as undamaged, that they could have you know, if you didn't know this was a crashed airplane, the interior of the cabin looked like any other airplane but it was very different in the back. >> that was the ntsb chair explai
is on the investigation and joins us tonight, john? >> scott, ntsb investigators have found no evidence on the plane's flight-data recorder of any problems with the mechanical parts or the electronics on the aircraft in the moments before the crash. here's ntsb chairman deborah hersman. >> the engine and the flight control services appear to be responding as expected. there is no anomalous behavior of the autopilot, of the flight director, and of the auto throttle. >> reporter: some of the passengers from the aircraft along with family members of the injured were taken for a closer look at the wreckage late yesterday. some were dressed in white. the traditional color in asia for those in morning. ben levy who suffered minor injuries in the crash went with his wife. >> and going back to look at it now, you realized how much risk there was. >> absolutely. i mean you know, every second counted. and but on the other hand i think it was a blessing not to know for a lot of us. because that prevented panic. >> reporter: so little panic that one of the first passengers to call 911 seemed strangely calm. >>
briefing yesterday on a crash landing investigation. our new pictures that the ntsb released. a mysterious light that one of the pilot says he saw what has been a discussion any investigation. the ntsb reveal that the pilot told investigators that he saw the light about 500 ft. before the crash landing. >> neither of the other two flight crew members mentioned as light during their interview with our investigators. in the review of the cockpit voice recorder, there is no discussion on the cpr of the light or of the flying pilot seeing a light. >> investigators said the pilot told them he did not believe that the bright light affected his ability to fly the plane. ntsb officials continue to say the plane came in too low and too slow clipping a sea wall at the edge of the runway. stay with kron4 as we continue our coverage of the investigation at our web site kron4 .com as well as our facebook and twitter feeds and our 247 news channel comcast 193. >> nine minutes after a 11:00 a.m. on wednesday. i'm sorry i say today? >> yes >> i apologize. i will start over again. a little girl was reporte
never read the names out loud. then during our phone call to the ntsb where the person we spoke with confirmed the spellings of the names we never asked that person to give us their position within the ntsb. we heard the person verify the information, and we then rushed the names on to our newscast at noon. today the ntsb issued a statement about what happened. it says the national transportation safety board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakingly confirmed as those of the pilots. a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the pilots on the aircraft. we work hard to make sure that only factual information is released and we deeply regret today's actions. appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated. we apologized our on website and on our social media site. i've been working for channel 2 for many years. we pride ourselves on getting it right and we have the highest of standards and integrity but the fact is there's just no polite way to say this. today
we had that ntsb briefing this afternoon. that was around 3:00 this afternoon, and a fourth crew member was in the process of being interviewed. we learned not only was the pilots behind the plane, not only was it his first time landing a 777 and the instructor, it was his first time instructing as well. the crash of 214 had several firsts. we knew the pilot behind the controls was making his first landing in a 777. but today we learned this about the instructor. >> he reported this was his first trip as an instructor pilot. the instructor pilot stated that he was the pilot in command. >> reporter: the ntsb says all four pilots are being cooperative. however a key part of most crash investigations has been lost. >> none of the crew members on asiana flight 214 were tested for drugs and alcohol postcrash. >> reporter: drug and alcohol testing is standard with u.s. pilots involved in a crash but not necessarily for foreign crews. at the crash scene, investigators remove luggage and other personal items today and checked the controls in the cockpit. the ntsb says the planes landing
of them may have been hit by an arriving fire engine. ntsb have been walking the length of the runway inspecting a scattered trail of debris. debris. the landing gear, sheared from the fuselage. the interior of the plane. oxygen masks hanging, seats twisted and broken. >> the lower portion of the tail cone is in the rocks at the seawall. and a significant piece of the tail of this aircraft was in the water. >> reporter: we learned today, the pilot, new to flying 777, and the training pilot, let the air speed fall below the 137 knot speed needed for landing. >> there was a lack of interaction between the two pilots. the pilot manipulating the flight control and the one that was monitoring. >> reporter: the ntsb says it wasn't until 4 seconds before the crash that there were any system warnings of a stall. they will interview the crew in english and korean in the final seconds of flight. what would happen in the final seconds of flight? both pilots were senior, did each assume the other was monitoring speed and altitude? aviation analyst, john cox. >> what was the demeanor of the interw
aircraft anomalies or concerns. >> reporter: these new ntsb photos show seats crushed and jumbled together. amazing so many survived. >> everybody screamed. dark and most of ash. everywhere is ash. >> reporter: some passengers thrown from the plane, suffering road rash from skidding along the runway. >> we got there within three minutes. there were flames coming off the plane. >> reporter: the parents of two teenage girls killed in the crash grief stricken, their daughters headed for summer camp here in california. more than a dozen are still hospitalized, two of them paralyzed. still such a violent crash and so few injuries and deaths. >> it is nothing short of a miracle that we had literally 123 people walk away from this. >> reporter: a miracle prompting many questions. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> reporter: and adding to the tragedy of all of this, the san mateo county coroner here saying one of those young women who died may have been hit by an emergency vehicle as it was rushing to the plane. it's not clear whether that person was already dead when the vehicle may have hit it. the m
-old students out of china on their way to a summer camp here in the united states. right now ntsb investigators together with the fbi are looking closely at the wreckage of the runway. overnight, investigators found the plane's black boxes. they have since gotten to their location. critical information about the plane's behavior before. there was not a problem with the engine. the human toll could have been much, much worse. >> and there is significant damage in the aircraft last night. inside, there is significant structural damage. when we see that, we are more -- the advice at the american airport called the glide slope indicater has been out of operation, but she says pilots had many other instruments to enable a safe lapping. >> 53 survivors were taken to san francisco general hospital. a total of 27 adults and 26 children were treated there. some of those patients are out of the hospital this morning, but six are still in critical condition including a child. stanford university hospital also took in passengers. administrators activated an emergency plan and brought in seven t
below 137. it wasn't just give or take a few knots. >> the ntsb says it could take months to come up with a definitive cause with no evidence of mechanical error. all signs are currently pointing to pilot error. joining me now from san francisco is nbc news correspondent tom costello. tom, what are we learning at this point about the plane's final moments and the latest on the injury totals? >> reporter: well, the latest on the investigation is that -- by the way, over my shoulder is where the plane rests just on the other side here of the water. you can see the burned-out shell sitting there. ntsb investigators are on the scene, along with fire an rescue personnel. what they are focusing really on here is why was this plane coming in so low and so slow. it was coming in well below 137 knots. ideally when you want to come in here and land a 777 at san francisco, you want to come in at 137, maybe plus 5 knots to be safe. they were well below that, 15 or more knots below 137 so this is a concern to investigators. this was an experienced crew but the guy who was actually at the controls
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was represented off the jet. skidding across the runway before the burst into flames. the ntsb the plane was flying 30 miles an hour shorter than it should have been as it approached landing. >> about three seconds prior to impact the flight data recorder recorded its lowest speed of 103 knots. at this time, the engines were aat 50% power. and engine power was increasing. at impact, airspeed was approximately 106 knots. >> all right. that is 121 miles an hour at impact. we also know the pie llot was making a first landing in the 777 at the san francisco airport. did that lead to the crash? in which so many were injured and two died. captain mark weiss, flew a triple 7. captain weiss, the pilot of the plane had more than 10 hours flying airplanes, clearly an experienced pilot. 3 4 3 hours of flying a triple 7. it is an 11, 11 and a half hour flight from seoul to san francisco. so he had neverlanded a 777 at this airport. how significant is his limited flight time in control of the triple 7 to this case. >> well certainly the ntsb is going to look at that as a factor, contrib out offi ioff
hotel. i like hotel. i need a bath. >> earlier today, ntsb chairwoman deborah hersman said the investigation into what exactly happened on asiana's flight 214 is just beginning. joining me now, nbc news correspondent, tom castillo. tom covers aviation and has been reporting on this story since the crash. and tom, what do we know about the possible array of possible causes at this moment in the crash? >> reporter: well, let me set the scene for you here. behind me is the remains of flight 214. sitting out there on runway 28 left. you can see that, well, in a minute you're going to see planes have been coming and going right by it all day. what we know now is that there were three captains onboard that plane, as well as a first officer. and one of those three captains was training to -- training may not be the exact precise language -- but was in his final hours of learning how to fly the 777. now, he had flown many other aircraft for some time including the 747. he had 10,000 hours of experience, but only 43 on the 777 and he was on his first approach attempt ever to san fra
time ago the ntsb held a news conference on the deadly 777 crash in san fran san fran. what they learned about the final seconds before that crash landing, plus an "out front" investigation. did cultural factors play a role in the horrific accident? and a runaway train that exploded and has killed dozens. did someone release the brakes? let's go "out front." >>> and good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. is the zimmerman case finally case closed? so george zimmerman's lawyer said today that he's done. he's resting his case tomorrow. i mean, some people thought this trial would go on and on, but it has been anything but that. and there is a good chance that jur george zimmerman will never take the stand in his own defense. now this could be why. a noted pathologist took the stand today and said that according to how he has looked at the evidence it supports zimmerman's account of the night trayvon martin was shot and killed. >> it's my opinion the muzzle of the gun in this case was 2-4 inches away from the skin. so the barrel of the gun was against the clothing, the muzzle
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